The Kootenay ICE finished the Red Lion Tournament with a 5-3 victory over the defending WHL Champion Seattle Thunderbirds Saturday morning.
Here’s a breakdown of the game:
In what has become a common theme throughout the first three pre-season games, the ICE started with a strong opening 20 minutes.
The first blemish came four minutes in when defenceman Nolan Orzeck couldn’t keep the puck in at the offensive blue line resulting in a 2-on-0 for the Thunderbirds. The initial shot went off the post but Zack Andrusiak was there to put it into the open net after ICE goaltender Mario Petit had slid out of position.
That early goal wouldn’t faze the ICE, who generated a number of quality chances over the next 10 minutes of play.
The Thunderbirds would extend their lead with 3:16 left in the period when Samuel Huo put home a rebound off the pad of Petit.
Less than two-minutes later ICE forward Max Patterson would steal the puck in the slot and wire a shot top shelf over the glove of Thunderbirds starter Matt Berlin to make the score 2-1.
The ICE finished the period 0-for-1 on the power play and 1-for-1 on the penalty kill. The ICE outshot the T-Birds 14-7.
It was an eventful middle frame.
The T-Birds Andrusiak extended their lead four minutes into the period beating Petit on the blocker side from the bottom of the circle.
It didn’t take long for the ICE to respond. Less than two minutes later defenceman Ryan Pouliot found some space back door and shoved the puck by Berlin.
Shortly after, Petit made a couple big saves to keep the deficit one-goal. Connor McClennon had a chance to tie the game but was stopped on a partial breakaway by Berlin.
This is when the emotion and intensity of the game began to increase. Several scrums ensued after the whistle and even a fight broke out between ICE defenceman Jordan Chudley and T-Birds’ forward Tyler Adams. Both were ejected from the game.
The ICE tied the game with 4:12 left in the period. Michael King found Barrett Sheen wide open in the slot who was able to beat goaltender Cole Schwebius over the glove (Schwebius replaced Berlin halfway through the game).
The Kootenay ICE would take the lead for good in the final frame.
Barrett Sheen collected his second of the game near the midway mark of the period. Connor McClennon fed the puck across the ice to Sheen who was located just above the top of the circle. Sheen unleashed a rocket top shelf glove-side on Schwebius.
A minute-and-a-half later, Noah Philp found the back of net to extend the ICE lead to 5-3.
Both teams would play to a stalemate the rest of the way.